Sunny Field: December, 14 (2006) – Christmas exhibition of a folk painter Ivan Prikhodko.
14.12.2006 — 20.01.2007
Kiev, December, 14 (2006) – The gallery “Collection” opens the Christmas season with the exhibition of the national painter Ivan Prykhodko. The exhibition “Sunny field” will introduce not only 40 pictorial woks, but also wooden ornamented figures.
Full of energy, cheerful and naïve, the pictures-ornaments of Prykhodko completely capture the Christmas mood, remind us about the holiday, and return to the admirer thoughts about “eternal” values: one’s own roots, family and nature. Pictures of Prykhodko are applied to archaic Ukrainian symbols-totems, continuing the vanishing tradition of folk ornament. Simultaneously his works are childishly sincere and spontaneous, giving one the opportunity to feel the atmosphere of goodwill which distinguishes Christmas among the other holidays.
The works of Ivan Prykhodko belong mostly to the collection of Folk-decorative art. The pictures presented in the exposition “Sunny field” come from the private collection of Yuriy Kogutjak, the founder of the gallery “Collection.”
Ivan Prykhodko lives in the village Dudarkiv, in Kiev region, where for many years he has created paintings and wooden-figure toys. But this native master did not began his creative work in Ukraine. By his own words, he began painting during his years working at the military plant in Perm, Ural. The deeply ethnic author had not spoken Ukrainian for many years, and only after coming back to the fatherland did he take a deliberate decision to return to the native language.
Yurij Kogutjak says about Ivan Prykhodko: “I met with Ivan Prykhodko on different fairs of folk creation many times. By chance, I saw a photo, where Ivan was holding a vivid and fantastic picture in his hands. By this way I have opened the painting of Prikhodko, full of archaic symbolism, simplicity and sincerity of images, joy of color”.
Henri Matisse is the same close to him as Mary Pryimachenko.
The day before St. Nicolas Day, on Saturday December 16, Ivan Prykhodko will conduct an author’s study in painting with children and visitors of the gallery “Collection”. Prykhodko will draw together with children in a folk painting style.
Catalog is available.